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Composition contest

Giving young screen composers a chance

Logan Nelson - Sabam Award

Young international film music talents have the chance to participate in the WSA Film Music Composition Contest and to win the Sabam Award for Best Original Composition by a Young Composer, worth €2,500. Participants are invited to show their skills as a composer for screen by writing a symphonic score for a selected film or TV excerpt. The jury will choose three finalists, whose compositions will be performed by Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Maestro Dirk Brossé, at the annual World Soundtrack Awards Ceremony and Concert. The finalists are welcome to attend the film music events at Film Fest Ghent and meet professionals from the international film music industry.

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2021 Composition Contest

This year, composers for screen are invited to write an original score for a selected excerpt from Nanook of the North, Robert J. Flaherty's 1922 silent documentary film. The excerpt is taken from the famous igloo building sequence, which is interspersed with playing children while Nanook is working.

Applications are now closed.

The jury for the 2021 contest consists of:

Chairman: Dirk Brossé (music director Film Fest Ghent, composer, conductor)

Members: Michelino Bisceglia (composer), Patrick Duynslaegher (journalist, consultant Film Fest Ghent), Michel Herr (composer), Christina Vandekerckhove (director, Rabot), Annabel Verbeke (director, Four Seasons in a Day).

Previous winners

2020 - Ana Kasrashvili
2019 -
Pierre Charles
2018 -
Logan Nelson
2017 -
Gavin Brivik
2016 -
Sándor Török
2015 -
Peer Kleinschmidt
2014 -
Cyril Molesti
2013 -
Gilles Alonzo
2012 -
Valentin Hadjadj
2011 -
Gabriel Heinrich
2010 -
Karzan Mahmood
2009 -
Christopher Slaski
2008 -
Cédric Murrath
2007 -
Werner Viaene
2006 -
Alexis Koustoulidis
2005 -
Hannes De Maeyer
2004 -
Steven Prengels

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